SIDNEY — The Shelby County Fair welcomed senior citizens on Tuesday and the Free Entertainment Tent was full of attendees age 50 and older enjoying the festivities.
Numerous organizations that provide services of interest to the older generation were on hand to pass out information and free items. Those organizations included the Sidney Senior Center, Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, Shelby Metro Housing, Versailles Health Care Center, The Pavilion, Community Action Center, Dorothy Love Retirement Community, Senior Independence, Sidney Care Center, Wilson Health and Hospice, Adult Day Services, LanePark of Sidney and the Alzheimer’s Association.
Sponsored by Honda of America, the annual Senior Citizen Day at the Fair means free admission to the fairgrounds, entertainment, door prizes and a free lunch for seniors. Registered attendance numbered around 560, including several people celebrating important milestones. The oldest lady in attendance was Mary Dietz, age 100, of Sidney. The oldest gentleman in attendance was Paul Strobel, age 98, of Minster. Robert and Viola Fogt, of Botkins, received the award for the couple at the fair who had been married the longest – 70 years. All the award winners received resounding applause from the crowd and recognition plaques from Jim Bertsch of the Shelby County Fair Board.
The Sidney Senior Center Singers provided entertainment while everyone was waiting for lunch. The group has been in existence for about five years and is directed by Freda Maxson. Accompanying the group on the piano for Senior Day was Becky Wulber. Both are retired music educators. The Singers have about 25 members and rehearse twice weekly at the Senior Center. They are always looking for new members who enjoy singing.
A number of community partners donated door prizes or contributed to the senior lunch. These included the Shelby County Pork Producers, Aunt Millie’s Bakeries, Wilson Health and Hospice, Senior Center, Fair Haven, Neill’s Pit Stop, the Alzheimer’s Association, Shelby Metro Housing, FISH, Senior Independence, Dorothy Love, the American Legion Auxiliary, Shelby County Community Action, Catholic Social Services, The Pavilion, Heritage Manor, Sidney Care Center, Lane Park, Versailles Health Care Center, and major sponsor Honda of America.
Volunteers from the Senior Center served the lunches. Each senior received a bottle of water, a pork sausage sandwich, applesauce, chips and a cookie in a royal-blue insulated lunch bag.